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US Bank Stadium Success

This year, the Minnesota Vikings began their inaugural season in their new home. US Bank Stadium was the largest public-private partnership project in Minnesota state history and was completed six weeks ahead of schedule.

US Bank Stadium’s footprint covers nearly twice the square footage of the Metrodome. With almost $500 million of the $1.1 billion cost coming from Minnesota’s taxpayers, the project had significant, key factors required for its success. It isn’t enough to simply build a complex and unique structure in downtown Minneapolis and complete it on time. There was a myriad of factors orchestrated that determined the success of US Bank Stadium.

Parsons Electric, through our joint venture Build 23, and Parsons Technologies, completed over $100 million of electrical and technology construction for Mortenson. Parsons’ electrical scope of work included all electrical power distribution, medium voltage switchgear and cabling, emergency generator, lighting, sports lighting, power receptacles, lightning protection, and premise wiring. Parsons was responsible for the installation and commissioning of ten different technology systems for the facility: network infrastructure, access control, video surveillance, audio visual, public address, paging, WiFi, broadcast, distributed antenna system, and video production. By stadium standards, the project was fast-track and on the same site as the former Metrodome which added to the complexity of the demolition and site preparation required.

Overall, the project included the following significant goals. Achievement of these goals was crucial for the project to be deemed a success by its stakeholders. These goals were contractually mandated and required an effective strategic plan to achieve.

  • Complete the project on or ahead of schedule in the budget allocated
  • Utilize a workforce that is diverse and highly skilled. A workforce inclusive of minorities, women, and veterans
  • Engage significant minority, women, and veteran-owned businesses in the construction
  • Construct in a manner that provides for the very highest quality results

The project achieved each and every one of those goals. Parsons was a major contributor to that success and not only achieved the stated project goals, but exceeded them.

Our workforce completed nearly 650,000 work-hours on the project and of this total 35% were performed by minority workers and 11% by women. This contrasts with the goals of 32% and 6% respectively. This could not have been accomplished without the dedication of many people and organizations including Mortenson and Summit Academy OIC. Summit was designated as the Employment Assistant Firm (EAF) by the Authority and represented over 17 community partners. These partners helped source and train the team that accomplished this major construction milestone.  Working together, the work was completed at the very highest quality and without any lost time accidents by Parsons or our subcontractors.

Joining our work effort were key subcontractors including more than 31% performed by Women Owned and Minority Owned Businesses combined. Overall, these accomplishments met the goals of the project.

We are proud of our team’s accomplishments and commend their contributions. Thank you to the people involved for their dedication in delivering this state-of-the-art facility. It will be long-time home to the Vikings, hundreds of events annually, and will delight fans for years to come.